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A review of USED TO

A review of USED TO

A review of USED TO for talking about past habits. We already looked at this in Level B1, so if you are not sure of the basics, take a look at this lesson. On this ...
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Planning paragraphs exercises

Planning paragraphs exercises

Now you've seen the video, practice planning paragraphs with a quick test. Click the link below to get started ...
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CEFR Level B1 Reading test 3 – Snake Island

CEFR Level B1 Reading test 3 – Snake Island

CEFR Level B1 Reading test 3 – Snake Island. In order to improve your English skills to CEFR Level B1 and beyond, you need to practice as much as possible. In this section of our ...
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Video: Planning each paragraph

Video: Planning each paragraph

Narration: For the following example, we will use the graph from the previous exercise and divide it into these three paragraphs. Once you have decided how you will divide the graph, you need to consider ...
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5 tips to improve your English reading skills

5 tips to improve your English reading skills

5 tips to improve your English reading skills. Are you preparing for an English exam, but not seeing your score improve? Stuck on the same level with your reading with no improvement? You're not alone ...
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Video: Writing a plan

Video: Writing a plan

Narration: When writing Task I, you need an introduction, two or three body paragraphs and an ending. Writing an introduction and an ending will be covered in different lessons. In this lesson, we will look ...
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Giving a general opinion in English

Giving a general opinion in English

Giving a general opinion in English means being able to say that you think something is mostly always true. This can be very useful to avoid being dogmatic (when you present an opinion too strongly, ...
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Expressing opinions in English for CEFR Level B2

Expressing opinions in English for CEFR Level B2

In this lesson, we will look at the language and skills needed for expressing opinions in English for CEFR Level B2. This includes giving an opinion generally, developing an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing with opinions, ...
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Showing interest in English conversations

Showing interest in English conversations

Showing interest in English conversations can be difficult - you are trying to follow the conversation, understand what the speaker is saying, thinking about how you might need to answer, what vocabulary to use and ...
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Checklist test

Checklist test

Now apply the 5 point checklist to the graph by taking the quick test below ...
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Linking words for sequence at CEFR Level B1

Linking words for sequence at CEFR Level B1

Linking words for sequence at CEFR Level B1. In this lesson, we will look at some of the linking words you can use to show order. Here are two examples - one is good and ...
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Linking words for CEFR Level B1

Linking words for CEFR Level B1

Linking words for CEFR Level B1. In this section of our online course, we will look at how to organise your sentences into an order. Some of the most basic linking words are AND, SO ...
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Video: Example of the checklist

Video: Example of the checklist

Narration: Now let's add the checklist to the information we have already noted. Here is the graph and the 5 point checklist. We have already noted that the graph is about relaxation or hobbies. On ...
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The 5 point checklist

The 5 point checklist

There are five things you need to be aware of when looking at bar charts that can be put together into a 5 point checklist: The 5 point checklist What is the chart about? What ...
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Interrupting in English conversations

Interrupting in English conversations

Interrupting in English conversations. On this page, we will look at how to stop someone when they are speaking, how to change the topic and how to continue a conversation after an interruption. Being able ...
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Identifying the axes in Task 1 Academic IELTS

Identifying the axes in Task 1 Academic IELTS

Identifying the axes in Task 1 Academic IELTS. In this practice test, see if you can correctly identify the information given in the axes for this graph. When you have answered the question and submitted ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 27 - Is attitude as important as knowledge in a test situation?

IELTS Task 2 model answer 27 – Is attitude as important as knowledge in a test situation?

IELTS Task 2 model answer 27 - Is attitude as important as knowledge in a test situation? The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 22 - Why are we producing more rubbish these days?

IELTS Task 2 model answer 22 – Why are we producing more rubbish these days?

IELTS Task 2 model answer 22 – Why are we producing more rubbish these days? The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, ...
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Improve your conversation skills in English

Improve your conversation skills in English

Improve your conversation skills in English. On this page, we will look at some of the important language and phrases you can use to further improve your conversation skills. We will look at how to ...
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Identifying the axes

Identifying the axes

Now take a quick test to see if you can identify the correct answer in the exercise below ...
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CEFR Level B1 Reading test 1 - Pandemics in history

CEFR Level B1 Reading test 1 – Pandemics in history

CEFR Level B1 Reading test 1 – Pandemics in history. In order to improve your English skills to CEFR Level B1 and beyond, you need to practice as much as possible. In this section of ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 23 - Increasing traffic problems in cities

IELTS Task 2 model answer 23 – Increasing traffic problems in cities

IELTS Task 2 model answer 23 – Increasing traffic problems in cities. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, make a note ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 26 - Why are traditional methods of food preparation becoming less popular?

IELTS Task 2 model answer 26 – Why are traditional methods of food preparation becoming less popular?

IELTS Task 2 model answer 26 - Why are traditional methods of food preparation becoming less popular? The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read ...
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How to start and finish a conversation in English

How to start and finish a conversation in English

By now, you should already know how to start and finish a conversation in English in a basic style. However, in this lesson we are going to extend these skills looking at more natural ways ...
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Managing conversations in English at CEFR Level B1

Managing conversations in English at CEFR Level B1

Managing conversations in English at CEFR Level B1 means you need more skills than just 'Hello' and 'Goodbye'! In this section of our free online course, we will look at ways of starting a conversation, ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 24 - Drug addicts should be sent to prison

IELTS Task 2 model answer 24 – Drug addicts should be sent to prison

IELTS Task 2 model answer 24 – Drug addicts should be sent to prison. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, make ...
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Video: Understanding the graph

Video: Understanding the graph

Narration: Understanding the information. Before you can begin to prepare for your Task I essay, it is essential that you have a clear idea of exactly what the information is about. To do this, you ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 25 - Advantages and disadvantages of living with older people

IELTS Task 2 model answer 25 – Advantages and disadvantages of living with older people

IELTS Task 2 model answer 25 - Advantages and disadvantages of living with older people. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, ...
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CEFR Level B1 Reading test 2 – A travel guide to Auckland

CEFR Level B1 Reading test 2 – A travel guide to Auckland

CEFR Level B1 Reading test 2 – A travel guide to Auckland. In order to improve your English skills to CEFR Level B1 and beyond, you need to practice as much as possible. In this ...
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Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 8 - Kilometres travelled per month

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 8 – Kilometres travelled per month

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 8 – Kilometres travelled per month. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The charts show information about ...
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Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 7 - How children get to school

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 7 – How children get to school

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 7 - How children get to school. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart shows ways ...
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Essential vocabulary for this lesson

Essential vocabulary for this lesson

To complete this lesson, you will need to know the following vocabulary. When you are sure you know all the words, continue to the next page. ESSENTIAL PARAGRAPH HORIZONTAL VERTICAL CONTINENTS SECTOR ...
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Aims of this lesson

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: how to understand the data presented in a bar chart how to avoid common errors with data labels in Task 1 how to apply a 5 ...
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Talking about happiness and unhappiness in English - a quick test

Talking about happiness and unhappiness in English – a quick test

When you have completed this exercise and submitted your answers, click the 'View questions' button to see more feedback ...
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Essential vocabulary for talking about unhappiness in English

Essential vocabulary for talking about unhappiness in English

On this page, we will look at vocabulary for talking about unhappiness in English. There are a LOT more words to talk about being unhappy compared to being happy, so there's a lot to learn! ...
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Essential vocabulary for talking about happiness in English

Essential vocabulary for talking about happiness in English

On this page, we will look at some of the important vocabulary for talking about happiness in English. If you have any other words or phrases you think should be added to this list (or ...
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Describing feelings and emotions at CEFR Level B1

Describing feelings and emotions at CEFR Level B1

Describing feelings and emotions at CEFR Level B1 is an important skill in English. It can be difficult because of the huge range of vocabulary that you need to know to express yourself accurately, but ...
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Bar charts, axes & planning

Bar charts, axes & planning

In this lesson, we will focus on planning your Task 1 response and writing about bar charts ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 28 - Medical purposes for cosmetic purposes should not be allowed

IELTS Task 2 model answer 28 – Medical purposes for cosmetic purposes should not be allowed

IELTS Task 2 model answer 28 - Medical purposes for cosmetic purposes should not be allowed. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them ...
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Practice describing places for CEFR Level B1

Practice describing places for CEFR Level B1

Practice describing places for CEFR Level B1. When you have finished this exercise and submitted your answers, click the 'View questions' button to show more details about your answers ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 30 - Children watch too much television

IELTS Task 2 model answer 30 – Children watch too much television

IELTS Task 2 model answer 30 - Children watch too much television. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, make a note ...
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Some examples of describing places in English

Some examples of describing places in English

Here are some examples of describing places in English. See if you know which country each place is in! Wellington: I live in Wellington, which is the capital city. It's well known for it's exhibitions ...
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Vocabulary for describing places in English

Vocabulary for describing places in English

On this page, we will look at some vocabulary for describing places in English. As with all new vocabulary, make sure to use it often to help you remember it, and if possible write it ...
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Describing places in English for CEFR Level B1

Describing places in English for CEFR Level B1

This lesson will help you improve your skills for describing places in English for CEFR Level B1. To successfully achieve this level, you need to be able to connect at least 5 sentences together to ...
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IELTS Task 2 model answer 29 - Teenagers spending too much time online

IELTS Task 2 model answer 29 – Teenagers spending too much time online

IELTS Task 2 model answer 29 – Teenagers spending too much time online. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, make a ...
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Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 16 - Revenue sources in South East Asia

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 16 – Revenue sources in South East Asia

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 16 - Revenue sources in South East Asia. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graphs below ...
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Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 15 - Enthusiasm and confidence graph

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 15 – Enthusiasm and confidence graph

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 15 - Enthusiasm and confidence graph. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph shows typical levels ...
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PTE Part 1 Item type 7 - Summarise a written text - practice exercise 3

PTE Part 1 Item type 7 – Summarise a written text – practice exercise 3

PTE Part 1 Summarise a written text practice exercise 3. Read the passage below and summarize it using one sentence. Type your response in the box at the bottom of the screen. You have 10 ...
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General Training Task 1 model answer 12 - Unhappy with a holiday

General Training Task 1 model answer 12 – Unhappy with a holiday

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have just returned from holiday and were not satisfied with your trip. Write to the travel agency. In your letter Say where / when you ...
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